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Weaker-than-expected storm brings light rain to L.A. area

November 12, 2011 |  9:14 am

A weaker-than-expected storm dropped less than half an inch of rain in parts of Southern California early Saturday, while depositing a couple of inches of snow in some mountain areas.

By 8 a.m. Saturday, rainfall totals ranged from .10 of an inch in Ontario, .12 of an inch in South Gate, .17 of an inch in Beverly Hills and .44 of an inch in Canoga Park, according to the National Weather Service.

Some southern slopes of the Santa Monica mountains received almost an inch of rain, said David Sweet, meteorologist at the NWS in Oxnard.

Some significant snow fell in higher elevations. Big Pines, near Wrightwood in the Angeles National Forest, received  2 ½ inches of snow, enough to require snow plows, Sweet said.

Earlier in the week, NWS forecasters thought the storm had a chance to drop between 1 and 3 inches of rain on the Southland. But as days passed, the storm veered south over the ocean.

“Out in the ocean the dolphins are using their umbrellas,” Sweet said.

A surf advisory was in effect, with waves expected between 4 and 7 feet in Orange and San Diego counties, and 3 to 6 feet in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

The rain seemed to have little effect on the roadways. The California Highway Patrol reported seven relatively minor accidents in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside and Ventura counties.

Forecasts call for a 20% chance of showers Saturday, with lows in the low 50s. Sunday is expected to be sunny with highs in the mid-60s.

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 -- Sam Quinones

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